We overheard a conversation the other day about the paint used on many military vehicles, and no, it wasn’t about how camouflage is created. This was about something much more important: CARC. Not sure what that is, or what it even stands for? Well, take a seat and be prepared to learn.
Chemical Agent Resistant Coating
One look at what CARC stands for (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) and you will quickly realize how important it is. With all of the chemical agents that our armed forces face every day, developing a coating for vehicles that is resistant to those agents was a must.
Developed by the United States Armed Forces, CARC is used on many tactical vehicles and equipment within the Army and Marine Corps as well as rotary-wing aircraft, better known as helicopters. Because the rights to this coating are owned by the U.S. government, only certain manufacturers are licensed to produce it for military use.
The Benefits of CARC
Being a resistant coating, CARC helps protect troops in the United States military against chemical and biological warfare. In addition to being a resistant coating, it is non-absorbent, which is especially important because chemicals can travel on the items that they come in contact with. When something is exposed to those dangerous chemicals, a decontamination is necessary. If a vehicle or equipment is non-absorbent, it is that much easier to neutralize.
One of the most impressive attributes of CARC, however, deals with infrared signature management. Each color in a camouflage system has a unique pigment package that is used to blend the vehicle or equipment into the environment. This hinders the ability of infrared homing technology—often used by enemy weapon systems, thus adding additional protection.
To wrap it all up, Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings (CARC) produce a non-porous coat that helps protect against radioactivity as well as preventing chemical and biological contaminants from penetrating.
Production Paint Finishers, Inc. is known throughout the finishing industry as a CARC specialist. We provide these coatings on a daily basis and are located in downtown Bradford, Ohio. Request a quote today!